Authorities make heroin bust in Wanchese

By on June 18, 2012

Two people have been arrested on drug charges after a brief foot chase by law enforcement officers who had stopped another vehicle in Wanchese.

On Thursday, members of the Dare County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Dare County Patrol Deputies, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation had a vehicle stopped on Old Wharf Road, Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard said in a statement.

Two people who had approached in another car were arrested after a brief foot chase of a man who left the vehicle, Hoggard said. A significant quantity of heroin was found, the statement said.

Arrested was Benjamin William Lee Davis, 23 of Columbia. He was charged with trafficking opium or heroin; possession with the intent to sell or deliver heroin; and felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, heroin. He was in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $90,000 bond.

Amanda Schae Champlin, 20, of Dorcas Pond Road in Wanchese was charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs; possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Further charges may be filed, based on additional investigation.

In a separate case, the Sheriff’s Office reported that a Moyock man was arrested on a narcotics charge Thursday after a traffic stop in Southern Shores that was part of a drug investigation.

Erik Paul Dodson, 27, of Pudding Ridge Road in Moyock was charged with trafficking opium or heroin. He was being held in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $70,000 bond.

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